Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Fargo-Moorhead’s request for a Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR), stating that the region’s flood protection project meets the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This represents an important step toward ensuring that more than 11,000 structures won’t be placed in the 100-year flood plain when the region is re-mapped by FEMA, which would require the purchase of flood insurance for properties with a federally-backed mortgage and impose significant costs on local families and businesses.
“This is a key step in building comprehensive flood protection in the Red River Valley,” Senator John Hoeven said. “We worked with FEMA to get this decision in place, as it recognizes the benefits of the project that is currently under construction and helps protect the region’s residents from having their homes and businesses being re-mapped into the flood plain. That represents a substantial savings for our communities and helps keep the project’s Plan B on track.”
Senator Kevin Cramer also issued a statement, saying, “This is the first step in certifying protection from a 100-year event. I am glad to see progress being made on this important project and look forward to working with the proper federal agencies to ensure it continues through to completion.”